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Posted on 01/02/2018 20:55

After further research, I've discovered all those Muzak titles are available from iTunes as well.

Posted on 01/01/2018 01:30

Muzak has made three of its vintage Christmas albums available via download at Amazon:

Posted on 12/27/2017 23:02

Thanks for the update, Chip. Yes, I’d forgotten they’d lopped a song off for that CD.
Unfortunately, doing Harry Simeone reissues means having to deal with Universal Music, since no less than three of their major Christmas albums were originally released on labels affiliated with them: 

Sing We Now of Christmas (20th Fox, 1959) 
The Wonderful Songs of Christmas (Mercury, 1963)
O Bambino/The Little Drummer Boy (Kapp, 1965)

Only the first of these has been reissued on CD in its entirety, albeit with a different title (The Little Drummer Boy, natch) and different cover art. The Mercury album hasn’t made it to CD at all. 

Meanwhile, I’m curious as to the current status of Simeone’s fourth (and, as Chip has stated many times, best) seasonal LP, It’s Christmas Once Again, released on the independent Omnisound label in 1973. Who even owns those recordings now? Are the master tapes still extant?

Posted on 12/27/2017 00:04

MCA Special Products released this one on CD in 1995 as The Little Drummer Boy. It’s OOP now but used copies can be found on Amazon under that title.

Posted on 12/19/2017 17:33

Christmas Vinyl Radio is back! 

Posted on 11/15/2017 12:38

Another edited track in the Goodyear series is Tony Bennett's rendition of "What Child Is This?", from Volume 8. It only took 43 years for the full-length version to see the light of day, on Bennett's Classic Christmas Album compilation CD.

Posted on 08/30/2017 18:01

As to Jim Reeves, I can think of a couple possible bonus tracks off the top of my head:

"Scarlet Ribbons" (from Songs to Warm the Heart, 1959)
"Snow Flake" (A-side of single, 1965)

Posted on 08/12/2016 09:37

Chip - Is the single version of "Must Be Santa" the same recording that's on the Holiday Sing-Along with Mitch album?

Posted on 08/08/2016 10:17

What outstanding news, Chip. I can't wait for this!
The bonus tracks would be a welcome addition, as well (although a part of me can't help feeling they might be a better fit for a Christmas Is... reissue, being secular tunes rather than traditional religious carols). 

Posted on 08/03/2016 14:49

Mighty impressive lineup this year, Chip! Thanks, as always, to you and Gordon Anderson for making all this wonderful music readily available again.

Re. Mantovani and "Christmas Bells": Was there ever discussion between you and Gordon of reissuing the complete Christmas Greetings album as well, perhaps at some future date? Was a Complete Christmas Recordings set ever considered? I know about the Vocalion CD of the later album (under its UK title, A Song for Christmas) from a few years back, but that one is (I believe) out of print now, and suffers from heavy-handed noise reduction that ruins its sonics in any case.

Posted on 12/23/2015 07:20

Per the SiriusXM Escape Facebook page, the 2015 Christmas Festival will begin tomorrow, 12/24, at 6 a.m. Eastern and run for 45 hours.

Posted on 11/19/2015 21:24

Chip, I'm curious whether the Living Voices twofer will also have the original Ralph Hunter Christmas Surprises artwork somewhere inside the booklet?

Posted on 11/19/2015 21:14

Yes, I ordered my copy direct from the Audio Fidelity site and got it earlier this week.

Posted on 11/19/2015 20:41

johnny - No, it's stereo only. 
The title track is the the same remix from the original three-track studio tapes that Steve Hoffman did for the hybrid SACD of The Nat King Cole Story on the Analogue Productions label a few years back. It sounds wonderfully warm and clear, albeit much "drier" (less reverb) than on the original LP. The remainder of the tracks are the original mixes done in 1960, with everything that implies both good and bad (i.e. occasional dropouts). But for my money it definitely sounds better than any previous CD issue of this album. (Incidentally, Kevin Gray and not Steve Hoffman actually did the mastering on this. My bad!)

It does seem like something of a missed opportunity that they didn't reissue this under its original title (The Magic of Christmas) with its original artwork and tracklist ("Deck the Halls" as Track 1 and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as Track 3) restored. They could have added "The Christmas Song" on the end as a bonus track, along with the alternate, English-language version of "All Come All Ye Faithful" that's turned up elsewhere. I'm guessing Universal probably forbade Audio Fidelity from doing anything other than a straight reissue of the album in its best-known configuration.

Posted on 08/26/2015 15:18

Looking forward to this. Steve Hoffman will handle the mastering and/or mixing, and he always does sparkling work.

Posted on 07/07/2015 15:51

I tuned in today to see if they were still running patriotic Fourth of July music, and what's the first thing I hear? Mitch Miller's "Must Be Santa"!
According to the online schedule, the Christmas music runs through 7/19. Tune in if you want a holiday music fix.

Posted on 05/29/2015 11:17

With regard to the Goodyear collections, would it be possible to just release those albums minus the Goodyear name? Or do they have ownership of the titles and artwork as well?
At the very least, I wish Sony could issue a compilation CD with some of the songs from that series that are difficult (or impossible) to find elsewhere.

Posted on 05/28/2015 15:09

To complete the "Living..." Christmas collection you also need those Living Trio and Living Guitars albums in addition to <i>The Sound of Christmas</i>. Maybe someday...
These are all welcome reissues, Chip. Thanks to you for your tireless advocacy of this wonderful music, and to Gordon Anderson for putting it out!
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